Banner image for Carnegie Museum of Art's 20-20 exhibition, featuring an image of a Lyle Ashton Harris photograph called Miss America and a Collier Schorr image of Michelle Obama called First Lady.

Top: Lyle Ashton Harris, Miss America (detail), 1987/1988, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, anonymous gift © Lyle Ashton Harris; Bottom: Collier Schorr, The First Lady (Diplomat's Room, Rihanna, 20 Minutes) (detail), 2016, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, The William T. Hillman Fund for Photography © Collier Schorr, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.

Empowered Educators Series: Race, Social Justice, and American Identity


Join us for a day of learning and exchange for and with educators inspired by the exhibition 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art. Five ACT 48 hours available through this program for eligible educators.

Race and social justice confront us in the news daily. What resources are available to us as individuals and as educators to process the barrage of information that is often confusing and troubling. Experience a day of honest conversation, timely exchange of perspectives, and personal reflection. Begin with an introduction to the historical origins of racism in America and join with colleagues to consider the critical role of art in times of political and social transformation.


Keynote: Dr. Christel Temple, Chair of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh,
Presentations, gallery discussions, and participatory learning led by:
Eric Crosby, Co-Curator of 20/20 and the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art
Karen Howard, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh

About the Exhibition

20/20, on view at Carnegie Museum of Art, offers a metaphoric picture of America by mapping the many ways in which artists respond to the social and political conditions that shape our lives. Featuring a diverse array of makers, including many artists of color, the exhibition offers a metaphoric picture of America by foregrounding artworks that address challenging notions of identity and social inequality in art and life across the 20th century and into the 21st. While the exhibition's title evokes a simple premise-twenty artists from each museum-it also proposes a test of our collective vision as a nation.

This session marks the launch of a new series of professional learning events for area educators hosted at Carnegie Museum of Art. Called Empowered Educators, sessions will occur throughout the fall bringing educators together with artists, field professionals, and museum staff. Together, we will deepen our knowledge and understanding of topics critical to our lives as educators and informed citizens.